State of Arizona Archives: on Environment


Kelli Ward: Rated 5% by Sierra Club for anti-environment policies

Group ratings on environmental issues: "The Sierra Club mission is to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives."

"Humane Voters of Arizona (HVA) is an all volunteer, non-partisan organization that supports candidates that care about issues affecting animals. The most crucial step in enacting animal protection laws is by electing humane-minded legislators."

Source: Project Vote-Smart group ratings on 2016 Arizona Senate race Jul 27, 2015

Kelli Ward: Rated 41% by LCV for environmental policies

Group ratings on Environment: Mission statement: "LCV works to turn environmental values into national, state and local priorities. LCV advocates for sound environmental laws and policies, holds elected officials accountable for their votes and actions, and elects pro-environment candidates who will champion our priority issues."
Source: Project Vote-Smart group ratings on 2016 Arizona Senate race Jul 27, 2015

Doug Ducey: Keep decisions in hands of Arizonans, not EPA bureaucrats

State Rep. Bob Thorpe [endorses]: "Doug Ducey exhibits the no-nonsense leadership Arizona needs today. As both a successful businessman and state treasurer, Doug has demonstrated proven capabilities, earning my respect and support. As governor, Doug and the state legislature will work to ensure that Arizona job creation, education, health care and environmental protections are in the hands of Arizonans, not east coast Obama bureaucrats. For a successful Arizona, we need Doug Ducey as our next governor."
Source: 2014 Arizona gubernatorial campaign website, DougDucey.com Aug 30, 2014

Fred DuVal: Preserve and promote state parks

Arizona has 31 beautiful state parks offering unmatched opportunities such as hiking, hunting, camping, fishing, and historical experiences all year round; but instead of capitalizing on this natural advantage, our lawmakers have cut funding for state parks, putting them under financial strain and making them less accessible to tourists. We must reverse this course, preserve parks, and promote them to Arizonans and tourists alike to build up tourism and the jobs that come with it
Source: 2014 Arizona gubernatorial campaign website, Fred2014.com Jul 2, 2014

Ruben Gallego: Rosemont Mine has devastating environmental impact

In Arizona, one of the biggest tests of our commitment to conservation is the proposed Rosemont Mine in the Santa Rita Mountains southeast of Tucson. I understand the importance of mining in Arizona, and--where it makes sense--will be supportive of mining projects that bring jobs and sustainable economic development. But I have not yet seen a strong enough justification to build this mine, and the estimated environmental impact will be devastating.
Source: 2014 Arizona House campaign website, GallegoForArizona.com May 31, 2014

Jan Brewer: Natural Resources Review Council: AZ knows BEST, not Feds

When it comes to management of our precious natural resources, I'd like Arizona to set its own course as much as possible. Today, I've issued an Executive Order establishing the Arizona Natural Resources Review Council. This Council is tasked with creating a plan to help protect and maintain the values of multiple use, sustained yield, public access and economic development on federal lands. I am calling on local governments and the private sector to join with the State to meet this long term vision.

More than 30 million acres across our state are ALREADY under federal control. The Council's plan will be one way we can protect Arizona's interests on federal lands. Arizona knows BEST how to manage her own land and natural resources.

Source: 2013 State of the State Address to Arizona Legislature Jan 14, 2013

Jeff Flake: Water is the lifeblood of AZ; and CA is the biggest threat

Addressing what they would do to protect Arizona water rights, Flake said he would fight hard to make sure water--"the lifeblood of Arizona"--doesn't go to the biggest threat, California.

Carmona agreed on the need to fight for the state's water rights but blasted Flake for his support of uranium mining in the watershed area of the Arizona Strip, north of the Grand Canyon, which Carmona claims would contaminate water.

Source: Yuma Sun on 2012 Arizona "Rural Issues" Senate debate Oct 25, 2012

Jeff Flake: Uranium mining OK; it won't threaten Grand Canyon

Addressing what they would do to protect Arizona water rights, Carmona agreed with Flake on the need to fight for the state's water rights but blasted Flake for his support of uranium mining in the watershed area of the Arizona Strip, north of the Grand Canyon, which Carmona claims would contaminate water.

Flake countered that the mining would not threaten the Grand Canyon and said he is trying to protect a bipartisan agreement and the area's economic development.

Source: Yuma Sun on 2012 Arizona "Rural Issues" Senate debate Oct 25, 2012

Jeff Flake: Skeptical on Proposition 120; cooperate with Forest Service

Questioned on their views of Proposition 120, which would declare the state's sovereignty over its public lands and all natural resources, Flake admitted he had not yet studied the proposition closely but that he was "skeptical." However, Flake called for more cooperation between the federal government and the state. "What we desperately need more is cooperation with the Forest Service and other federal agencies or our forests will go up in smoke," Flake said.
Source: Yuma Sun on 2012 Arizona "Rural Issues" Senate debate Oct 25, 2012

Richard Carmona: No uranium mining in Arizona Strip watershed area

Addressing what they would do to protect Arizona water rights, Carmona agreed with Flake on the need to fight for the state's water rights but blasted Flake for his support of uranium mining in the watershed area of the Arizona Strip, north of the Grand Canyon, which Carmona claims would contaminate water.

Flake countered that the mining would not threaten the Grand Canyon and said he is trying to protect a bipartisan agreement and the area's economic development.

Source: Yuma Sun on 2012 Arizona "Rural Issues" Senate debate Oct 25, 2012

Janet Napolitano: Limit our greenhouse gas emissions & focus on solar energy

Arizona must also stay on the path toward greener future. We must continue to implement forest health measures that create new industries and protect our forested communities. We also must work to limit our greenhouse gas emissions through the Western Climate Initiative, and move forward in building a strong renewable energy sector, particularly with respect to solar energy. The entire nation is going in this direction--and Arizona has much to gain by being a leader.
Source: Arizona 2009 State of the State Address Jan 12, 2009

Jan Brewer: Negotiated to put thousands of acres into county parks

During her chairmanship at Maricopa County, Brewer negotiated large land conservation deals that added thousands of acres of pristine land into county parks and away from development, and improved and expanded the Maricopa Medical Center's Burn Unit which stands today as one of the pre-eminent health care facilities in the nation.
Source: Arizona Secretary of State website Dec 3, 2008

Rudy Garcia: Make food instead of bio-fuel and instead of GMOs

Source: 2008 Senate campaign website, www.arizonaonthemove.com Nov 13, 2008

Janet Napolitano: Bring together all stake-holders in forest management

In 2003 state government, firefighters, and local communities came together as never before to confront the quiet catastrophe of dry, overfueled forests. I convened a forest health summit in Prescott to bring together all stakeholders - including those who normally share no common ground in forest management. In addition, I directed that prison inmate crews work alongside local contractors to build fuel breaks and clear evacuation corridors around communities like Pine, Strawberry and Flagstaff.
Source: 2004 State of the State speech to Arizona Legislature Jan 12, 2004

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